[6 September/FMCG Business]

The Finalists for the 2018 New Zealand Food Awards were revealed, and included a range of new products including Pamu deer milk powder, Ora King TYEE salmon from New Zealand King Salmon, and cultured vegan butter from Savour Ltd among others. It was the 32nd year of the awards. They showcase what New Zealand has to offer in the food and beverage industries, and celebrate creative innovations. Sixty seven products from 54 companies were finalists across 11 categories. One of the category winners would be announced as the Massey University Supreme Award winner. Massey University Vice-Chancellor, Jan Thomas, said the university was proud of the role the awards had and they were impressed by the finalists. Innovation was a key theme in this years’ awards. Winning products are eligible to use the New Zealand Food Awards quality mark which highlighted superiority. The winners would be announced on 17 October.